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Wilderness by Janet Cook, Oil on Panel, 24x48
Solo Exhibition
May 4-20, 2017
Opening Reception 
Thursday, May 4, 6:00-9:00pm
Meet Janet @ Opening Reception
Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm

For a long time Lee kept asking me “When will you be ready to show? When, when, when, when?” Hence of the title of the show, “Where When Lingers”. It's also an interesting concept. Where does “when” linger? For me 'when' got delayed by life's unexpected roadblocks. I have experienced some transition and loss. My mother has been ill, and I have had some problems, one of which required eye drops, that blurred my vision. It’s not easy to paint the nuances of color and value when the world resembles a wet window on a rainy day. Undaunted, I was determined to continue working and that's when I rediscovered drawing. Prior to this, I had seen drawing as preliminary work for a painting, or something one does in a life class. I now love to draw, and to draw in pen and ink in particular.  It’s intimate and portable. Best of all, one gets the satisfaction of finishing something in a matter of minutes and hours rather than weeks and months, which when you are not feeling great is very comforting.   As my eyesight improved, I started to experiment with pen and ink and acrylic, marker, color pencil, and now I feel I have come full circle, returning to oil, a medium I love. The three small works: Subterranean, Stocking and Black Flowers (6x6, oil on panel) were are my first foray into mixing pen, ink and oil together on panel.  I like the effects and painted a larger portrait entitled G (12x12, oil on panel), which led to Stripes and finally Aquatic Floating, (60x20, oil on panel). The rest of the artwork reflects my more colorful style. Particularly Ars Longa Vita Brevis, (53x48, oil on panel) and Tiger, Tiger Burned So Bright,  (24x20, oil on panel) which drew on my love of the old masters and Rubens in particular. Altogether these paintings reflect my journey over the past couple of years and I look forward to exploring this exciting new direction mixing different media together

Janet Cook has exhibited widely at galleries and institutions, including the United Nations, NY. This month Dacia Gallery is hosting her third solo show. Over the years she has received many awards for excellence, including finalists in the Arc Center Renewal and The Portrait Society of America 2017; Two awards at the Portrait Society of America Annual Member Show, a Gold and Silver medal from the Allied Artists of America and The Salmagundi Club; a Master Circle Medal award from The International Association of Pastel Societies, Best in Show from the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. Cook is an elected member of the Salmagundi Club, Pastel Society of America, The Allied Artists of America, Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club and America Artists Professional League. Cook teaches workshops at the Art Students League, NYC, and holds a weekly class at the Pastel Society of America, NYC. Recently, she taught workshops in France and was a guest lecturer at Southern University of Utah. Over the past few years she has been invited to judge and jury shows at a number of arts organizations and currently serves as a member of the Arts Committee at the Salmagundi Club.Cook's work has been featured in the New York Times weekend section and reviewed and in the Times of Trenton, NJ, Fine Art Connoisseur, The Brooklyn Rail, NYArtbeat.com events section, Artdaily.org, The Epoch Times, The American Art Collector, American Artist Magazine, the Gallery and Studio Magazine, The Times Square Chronicle, TheGreatNude.tv (which made a Youtube video of her last solo show at Dacia), Fine Art Connoisseur, NBC's 'Dateline' program, the 'Da Vinci Code', The Pastel Journal, The New York Optimist, Drawing Magazine and the International Artist Magazine. Her portraits have appeared on the front cover of Alzheimer's Foundation of America, the Art Students League Lines Magazine and in Poets and Artists Magazine. Cook studied at the National Academy of Art and Design and Art Students League, NYC, and has a degree in the History of Art from de Montford University, UK. Her work is in many private collections in the US, UK, Panama, Israel and the permanent collection of the Trenton City Museum, NJ.
I consider myself a contemporary representational artist. A common thread through out my work is my fascination with the figure; it's timeless, beautiful and powerful. Additional inspiration comes from a variety of sources ranging from the old masters to modern day advertising, graffiti and body art. My goal is to combine these elements, along with my own imagination into a cohesive, strong statement that intrigues and engages the viewer.
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